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Phil's BBQ

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579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
+1 760-759-1400
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food although limited to certain meat types is very good, the surrounding seating is not so good unless you can capture a booth in the bar area. The acoustics in the entire building is terrible - sometimes you can get outside seating, however the music speakers bring you inside again. For us, doing the take out solves our noise... More 

Thank Terry H
Oceanside, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten at a few Phil's BBQ restaurants and they are all delicious! The meats are slow cooked and savory. Expect a wait if you are visiting Phils during peak hours but I promise, it is worth the wait! The portions are hearty so come hunger or plan on sharing. If you have never been to Phil's, order a... More 

Thank Deanine D
Clovis, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming to feels for years. I was a little surprised at this visit at one of their new location, because their barbecue sauce has changed. They started mass producing it and have sent it out to an outside vendor and because of this it has totally changed the flavor. Not for the good either, it is not... More 

Thank gypsy_jane_forever
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32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Phil's has a loyal following in the San Diego area and I count myself among it's fans. We were delighted when this suburban location opened a few years ago. Their Tri-Tip sandwich was awarded first place in a TV show's search for the best sandwich in the USA series. It's great. We try to go during off-peak times (early lunch/early... More 

Thank OneSeaSun4Fun
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ordered a big take out meal for a group. Food was excellent, but was not given to me as soon as it was ready. Manager let food sit on counter for five minutes before calling me to retrieve the food.

Thank Warren B
San Diego
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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Phil's BBQ has many locations. We had BBQ sandwiches and Onion Rings. The BBQ was good and used the BBQ sauce. I was a little disappointed in the Onion rings. They were somewhat soft and not as crispy as other locations. I like onion rings and some locations do it right. This may have been a one time thing. Will... More 

Thank PJHSanDiego
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78 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been searching for a great BBQ restaurant anywhere near Carlsbad. Phil's had the reputation as being #1 every year but BBQ is such an individual taste that we had to check it out. I can say that for me all of the hoopla is accurate. Our meals were terrific. The "system" is perfect- you walk in and stand... More 

Thank drretire
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So if your looking for BBQ and know anything about North Carolina from Louisiana BBQ then the only place you'll find close to that in San Diego area is at Phill's BBQ. They have a few restaurant around the area. Known for their BBQ ribs (full and half), boneless ribs (healthier option), BBQ chicken and sides. They do not have... More 

Thank PaulCH-53
Friendswood, Texas
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51 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited Phil's while we were staying in Escondido. It is a popular place with a large crowd for dinner time, but our wait was not unreasonable. Was looking for BBQ brisket, but didn't see it on the menu; guess it is more of a Southern specialty. I had the 1/2 BBQ chicken with two sides. The fries were a little... More 

Thank Buck W
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visit this restaurant whenever I am in the area. I rarely queue for longer than 5 minutes, which also allows me time to check out the menu. Though I nearly always choose the pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw. Great food and great service with a smile.

Thank Steven C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: +1 760-759-1400
The San Diego site was featured on the Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food. Great food and interesting ordering/food pickup venue. All ages welcome.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?